I remember only one time that I dressed up for Halloween when I was kid. It was when I was in kindergarten and at the last minute, my Mom put a sheet over me and called it a ghost. Vividly, I can picture the older kid that made fun of my costume that day at school. We were parading down the hallway in the highschool and right there by the water fountain, he laughed at me and made some snarky comment about me not really looking like a ghost. After that, I never dressed up again, not because of that one negative experience, but mostly because that wasn't something that my family really did.
When I was 16 I trick-or-treated for the first time and yes, my friend and I got lots of comments about being too old. We were, of course, but at some point, you realize it's now or never so, you just go for it, hoping that you'll feel the experience of it and get a few fun-size Snickers as well.
With all of this lack of Halloween experience, I waited until literally the day before to go shopping for our costumes. We might have been in there for almost 2 hours, but Goodwill totally pulled through and saved the day. All day Friday I couldn't stop belting out "Just a Spoon Full of Sugar" and "Chim Chimeney". Mary Poppins had arrived, complete with a big, black umbrella and she even had her favorite Chimney Sweep by her side.
Early in the evening, we stopped at Great Grandma's house to say hello and then we took the kids trick-or-treating at a local nursing home, which I'd totally recommend doing if your kids want to experience trick-or-treating, but you're not to fond of the whole idea. After that, we went to a friend's Birthday costume party and made it back home just in time to get the kids to bed before any sugar-induced meltdowns happened. Of course, after we tucked them in, we searched their buckets and ate our favorites. Kids of mine, if you ever read this, I'm sorry, but only a little. All parents do this. It's a tough world we live in and someday you'll do this too. You'll tuck your own babies in and then you'll eat the good stuff, or at least some of it. I'm saving you from getting cavities so, really you should thank me.
Halloween is one of those things that we're navigating our way through a year at a time and this year was really fun.
How was your weekend? What did you do?